An MRI has revealed that
De La Rosa is expected to be ready for opening day. He is set for a bullpen spot after winning six of seven decisions with a 2.86 ERA a year ago. He yielded just 56 hits in 72 1/3 innings.
Ned Yost sounds resigned to
Hochevar has experienced far greater success in the bullpen than as a starter. He won five of seven decisions with a career-best 1.92 ERA as a reliever last year.
Castro has been receiving treatments in the team's hydrotherapy pool twice a day. He said he doesn't feel any tightness in his hamstring, and that the injury feels much better. Castro hit .245/.284/.347 in 666 at-bats last year.
The pair summoned Webster for a video session after a terrible first start and pointed out a minor problem with his delivery. Webster put that advice into action against the Marlins and pitched three shutout innings despite the inclusion of seven regulars in the Miami lineup.
"We looked at a little video, and they saw me drifting forward," Webster told the Boston Herald. "And they pulled me aside and told me to stay back over the rubber and get more angle, more downhill to the plate. It's mainly right before I throw the ball. I pull sideways instead of pull down, and I get alongside the ball and tug the ball to the side or sail it up and away.
"You pay attention to every word [when Lackey and Lester give advice]. It's pretty cool. I was very thankful that they would take the time like that."
Webster needs to keep the ball down. He yielded seven home runs in just 30 1/3 innings a year ago with the Sox.
Kelly had Tommy John surgery last March, and is working his way back. He was able to throw fastballs and changeups during the session, and even managed to throw two breaking balls. Pitching coach Darren Balsley came away with the session impressed. "If I didn’t know he was hurt, I’d tell you he was completely normal," Balsley said.
Impatient with a lack of progress on landing a free agent contract has motivated right-hander
Despite a 9-10 record, Santana put together arguably his best season ever in 2013. His 3.24 ERA was a career-best.
Flores hasn't played the position in a game since 2011. The team is looking for a way to get him into the lineup, and have been open to him moving to short again. Flores hit .211 in 95 at-bats last year.
That return date coincides with that of manager Ned Yost, who has been bringing Infante along slowly.
Ohlendorf had to leave Thursday's game with back spasms, but it's not considered to be serious. Manager Matt Williams said the team doesn't believe there are any structural issues with Ohlendorf's back.
Ohlendorf posted a 3.28 ERA in 60 1/3 innings last year.
The issue is not expected to keep him out for long. He's missed the last two games after having the procedure Wednesday. Cano hit .314/.383/.516 in 605 at-bats last year.